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Henderson County sign battle mixes business, politics

Henderson County sign battle mixes business, politics
Jean Marie Patton said one of her business signs was taken down, apparently because it did not meet county signage code. Yet, huge political signs are allowed to all over Henderson County. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Election season means political signs are popping up all over the place.

One cluster is annoying a Henderson County woman who just learned she can't do anything about it.

Jean Marie Patton said one of her business signs was taken down, apparently because it did not meet county signage code.

"They took it down, and I had a hard time finding out where it went. It just disappeared all of the sudden," Patton said.

Patton said she was told, because the sign was not 75 feet from the middle of the road, it had to go.

"They can put these big, huge political signs that are so distracting," Patton said, referring to several 4 feet by 4 feet political signs paid for by the Henderson County Democratic Party.

She and others can complain about them, but that won't help.

Henderson County sign regulations are complicated, taking into account things like size, shape, location. But, when it comes politics, the General Assembly said all bets are off and anything goes.

"Irritates me that there are two standards, that I can't have my sign but they can have a political sign. That's just not right," Patton said.

And she believes it simply turns into a partisan game of messy one-ups-manship.

"If the Democrats are going to do it, then the Republicans are going to do it and then we're going to have signs all over the place," Patton said.

And that will be the case until Nov. 3.

But it doesn't stop her from dreaming.

"I want them to go away. I want to see my trees and my grass and my mountains. I don't want to see all these stupid signs telling me what to do. And I'm not going to do it anyway. They're not going to tell me what to do," Patton said.

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